Best Galapagos Spots for Surfing

Jan 19, 2017

Everyone knows at least a few things about the Galapagos Islands. The association with Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution, the famous turtles and the incredible volcanic landscapes are well documented. But the islands are still capable of throwing up a few surprises, even today nearly 500 years after their discovery by man. Chief amongst these startling revelations might be that the Galapagos are also becoming a top surfing destination.

Of course, many people already come to the islands to get into the water. As one of the world’s most sensational scuba diving and snorkeling destinations, people don’t mind getting wet in the Galapagos. That’s even given the fact that despite their geographical position, the cooling Humboldt Current of the southern Pacific keeps the waters cold.
 

Best Galapagos Islands to visit for surf sites

The three main inhabited islands are the best places for some great surfing – Santa Cruz Island, San Cristobal, and Isabela. However, it is San Cristobal that stands out, with around half a dozen top surfing spots to be found there, including La Carola, Loberia, and Tongo Reef. Have a look at a Galapagos map if you are unsure of the exact locations of these destinations.
 

The Surfing Season

The best Galapagos Islands to visit have conditions suitable for surfing all year round but the peak season is between December and May when big swells and nice weather create the best conditions. But you’ll still find some nice swells throughout the year.
 

Surfing Equipment

As mentioned, the waters on the best Galapagos Islands to visit are cooler than most people expect, thanks to movements of the currents. You’ll need to bring a suit, light in the summer seasons and full 3mm in cooler times of the year.
 

Remember that you’ll need to ask permission to surf at a couple of the surfing spots around the islands as they are found on or near military bases but this shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

Thanks to the fact that the islands are not yet known as an international surf destination, there are fewer crowds in the waters here. Something that is not the case in most other global surf destinations. In fact, go to the best Galapagos Islands to visit on a weekday during the low season and you might just be the only one there – a genuinely rare occurrence in the world of surfing.

 

Take a look of these tour programs:

1. Galapagos & Machu Picchu Tour: Galapagos & Machu Picchu 12 Days Voyage
2. Cusco Tour: Cusco and Sacred Valley Tour
3. Amazon River Cuise in Ecuador:  Amazon River Cruise Journey
4. Galapagos Cruise Itinerary: Amazing Nine Days East & Central Islands Boat Journey
5. Inca Trails Tour: The Incas Trail Tour

 

Andre Robles
Andre Robles
Andre Robles is an expert in everything South America, his passion for the region and exploring off the beaten path makes his travel writing both useful and interesting. He has written for several mainstream publications and you can read his guides on Ecuador, Peru, the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon. Andre is also an accomplished photographer and has been recognized as one of the best wildlife photographers in the region, his photos have been featured in National Geographic and other journals. As a travel agent Andre specializes in curating unique experiences, crafting tailor made itineraries and helping visitors make the best of their vacation, always putting the experience first
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